Step Afrika's Drumfolk
Friday, June 19, 2020, 8pm
Saturday, June 20, 2020, 2pm
Saturday, June 20, 2020, 8pm
Sunday, June 21, 2020, 2pm
Strathmore & Step Afrika! Present
Drumfolk at UDC Theater of the Arts
Step Afrika!’s newest performance, Drumfolk, is a celebration of resistance, resilience, and reclamation.
Drumfolk is inspired by The Stono Rebellion of 1739, an uprising initiated by enslaved Africans who used their drums to start a revolt in South Carolina. The suppression of The Stono Rebellion lead to the Negro Act of 1740, which took away the rights to assemble, read, and use drums from Africans in the American colonies.
When Africans lost the right to use their drums, the beats found their way into the body of the people—the Drumfolk. New percussive art forms took root and made way for tap, beatboxing, and the African American tradition of stepping.
From hambone to hip-hop, an extraordinary ensemble of dancers, drummers, and musicians take us from the 17th century to today, revealing the hidden histories and resounding rhythms that transformed America.
In Drumfolk, the remarkable performers of Step Afrika! recreate histories too often left in the margins and achieve a musical and movement-filled celebration of the human spirit that is perfect for families to share together.
This event does not take place at Strathmore.
Strathmore is proud to be a co-commissioner of Drumfolk.
Purchase tickets to Drumfolk at the Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College here.
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